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Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Cricket board faces legal troubles

Caribbean: The Board of Control in India (BCCI) says it will initiate legal proceedings against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) over its players’ decision to suddenly abandon the tour. Comment.

LIU, Terriers seek to be winners

Sports: After doing so well over previous years and then slipping last winter, the Long Island University Blackbirds are hoping to bounce back from an under .500 record to post a winning mark and make the Northeast Conference playoff tournament to gain an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. Comment.

CARIB CHAMP

Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Team made a gallant effort to make history as the first Caribbean team to qualify for a FIFA Women’s World Cup, in a third-place game against Mexico in the 2014 CONCACAF championship and qualifying tournament last Sunday afternoon at PPL Park in Chester, PA. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

BCCI may fine WICB $65M

Caribbean: West Indies cricketers pulled out of the tour of India after the fourth One-day International because of their refusal to accept a new payment structure introduced by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). The West Indies had agreed to play five One-day internationals, one Twenty20 and three Tests. Comment.

Mexico tops Jamaica, to face US in WCup qualifying

Jamaica: WASHINGTON (AP) _ Mexico advanced in Women’s World Cup qualifying Tuesday night with a 3-1 win over Jamaica, setting up a semifinal match against the United States in similar circumstances to four years ago - when the Americans suffered one of the most stunning losses in program history. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Brothers could face each other

Brooklyn: With 19-year-veteran K.G., better known as Kevin Garnett, heading the roster in the front court, and some new players on the 2014-2015 team, the Brooklyn Nets feel confident that they can make a good run during regular season and maybe even go deep into the playoffs. Comment.

RED BULLS OUTPLAYED

Sports: The New York Red Bulls (12-10-11, 47 pts.) coach Mike Petke must have some serious concerns about his team after a very lackluster performance in a 3-1 loss to playoff rival, Columbus Crew, last Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena. With the playoffs only a game away, the Red Bulls should be picking up steam and see themselves as fortunate to be in the playoffs; instead, the New Yorkers were embarrassingly outplayed and allowed the Columbus to leapfrog into the fourth place playoff spot, while New York dropped to the fifth and final playoff position in the MLS Eastern Conference. Comment.

WIPA, players in dispute

Caribbean: West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) President Wavell Hinds has refuted claims made by members of the West Indies cricket team in India that they were not consulted during the negotiations for the new Memorandum of Understanding with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and insisted that there will be no resignation by members of the current WIPA executive. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

Wambach scores, US beats Trinidad and Tobago 1-0

Caribbean: KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ Abby Wambach scored in the 54th minute to help the United States beat Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 on Wednesday night in their opening Women’s World Cup qualifying game. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

PLAYOFF BOUND

Sports: The New York Red Bulls are in the MLS playoffs and occupying the fourth-place spot, after their 3-1 victory over Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena last Saturday night. The home team has two regular season games to play, including its last home game on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 3:00 p.m. versus the Columbus Crew, which is in fifth and final spot and most likely will make the playoffs. The Crew defeated Philadelphia Union, 3-2, last Saturday, and the Houston Dynamo suffered a 3-1 loss to Eastern Conference leader D.C. United, also on Saturday. Those losses ensured playoff berths for New York and Columbus. Comment.

Bed-Stuy race a great success

Sports: A 64-year-old athlete wound up among the top 10 finishers in the 33rd annual Bed-Stuy Restoration Corp. run through the streets of Bedford Stuyvesant on a sunny, cool, and delightful Sunday morning to highlight some of the action in the event. Originally from Guyana, Ranville Gravesande turned in a decent performance in winning his 60–64 age group division and finished 10th overall in a time of 39:23. Comment.

Three Grenadians to run NY Marathon for charity

Grenada: Grenadians Jerry Bascombe, Dennis Mason and Anderson Simon, will have the experience of a lifetime when they take part in the TCS New York Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. They will navigate the 26.2-mile run, through five boroughs and over five bridges, to raise funds for the charity, reachwithin (formerly known as Reach Grenada), which supports vulnerable Grenadian children and their caregivers. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

India ties series with an emphatic victory

People: India and the West Indies are now in a tie following the defeat of the West Indies during the second one-day match of the five-match series by 48 runs. India scored a modest 263 runs for 7 wickets in their innings off 50 overs. Suresh Raina 62 from 60 balls, Virat Kohli 62 from 78 balls and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni 51 not out from 40 balls. For the West Indies, Jerome Taylor picked up three wickets for 54 runs from 10 overs. Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, Ravi Rampaul and Sulieman Benn all took one wicket each. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

Lloyd stands up for young Windies cricketers

Caribbean: Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd believes the time has come to fight for West Indies players and ensure their careers are not ended prematurely by the politics of the game. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

Windies drop Narine

Caribbean: West Indies’ chances in the upcoming one-day series against India have been dealt a severe blow, with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) opting to pull champion off-spinner Sunil Narine from the 14-man squad. Comment.

Fraser-Pryce appointed ambassador

Jamaica: The Jamaican government has appointed two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as an Ambassador Special Envoy to the world. Comment.

Nazareth hoops prepare for season

People: It would not be long before the balls are bouncing all over the courts in elementary, intermediate and senior schools. The colleges, both four- and two-year will also be playing their games. However, the professionals-Knicks and Nets are already in action with exhibition or pre-season games. Comment.

RED BULLS SAVIOR

Sports: Amid recent rumors of the New York Red Bulls being offered for sale and the non-renewal of Frenchman Thierry Henry’s contract for next season, the former French international rose to the occasion and scored his 10th goal of the season to give the New York Red Bulls a 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena. Comment.

Narine’s bowling action suspect

Caribbean: Umpires at the recently concluded Champions League Twenty20 in India have reported West Indies mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine for having a suspected bowling action. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

New collective bargaining agreement for cricket board

Barbados: Last week, The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) have signed a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Barbados. President of the WICB Dave Cameron signed on behalf of the regional body, while Wavell Hinds, president of WIPA signed on behalf of the players’ association. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

Hamid focuses on running

Guyana: While David Rothman defended his title in the 23rd annual race conducted by the South Nassau Communities Hospital through the streets of Oceanside, Philip Hamid placed 19th in a time of 22:10. Comment.

PLAYOFF FIGHT

Sports: The New York Red Bulls are barely holding onto the fifth and last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference after a devastating 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy at StubHub Center in Carson (CA) last Sunday night. The Red Bulls (10-9-11, 41 pts.) are in a very tight playoff race with five games to play and three teams just behind New York and still in the hunt for a playoff berth. New York is only a point ahead of Toronto F C (40 pts.), three points past the Philadelphia Union (38) and five points above the Houston Dynamo (36), and all three still in the playoff race. Comment.

Injury sidelines Jamaican jockey

Jamaica: Rajiv Maragh, who has been turning in a decent fall campaign as a veteran jockey at Belmont Park, was on his way to the Breeders’ Cup to be held later this month. However, he is not expected to be on the track for a while because of his recent injuries. Comment.

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014

West Indies names One-day squad

Caribbean: The West Indies selectors have named a 15-man squad for the five-match One-Day series against India next month. Included in the squad are fast bowler Jerome Taylor and batsmen Dwayne Smith and Marlon Samuels. Chris Gayle, who is yet to completely recover from a hamstring injury, has missed the list alongside Kirk Edwards and off-spinner Nikita Miller. Comment.

West Indies names One-day squad

Caribbean: The West Indies selectors have named a 15-man squad for the five-match One-Day series against India next month. Included in the squad are fast bowler Jerome Taylor and batsmen Dwayne Smith and Marlon Samuels. Chris Gayle, who is yet to completely recover from a hamstring injury, has missed the list alongside Kirk Edwards and off-spinner Nikita Miller. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 26, 2014

Loyalty needed

Caribbean: New Chairman of the West Indies selection panel, Clive Lloyd, believes loyalty should be the order of the day as players contemplate whether to represent the West Indies against England or play the Indian Premier League (IPL) next April. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

‘WRIGHT’ STUFF

Sports: Bradley Wright-Phillips, the New York Red Bulls (10-8-11, 41 pts.) and MLS scoring leader, is closing in on the MLS regular season record for most goals. The Englishman, son of famed England international Ian Wright, scored a hat trick to lead his team to a 4-1 win over Western Conference leader Seattle Sounders in front of a sellout crowd of 25,000 fans at Red Bull Arena last Saturday night. Comment.

Williams reflects on his hoops career

New York: Several players, who are still involved in the sport, were recently inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame, during ceremonies at the New York Athletic Cub. In addition, the President of the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame Bob Williams, new members,family, friends and representatives of their school, all gathered in the crowded room at the club. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

Historic cricket deal

Caribbean: Four West Indies cricketers have signed a historic deal that will make them co-owners and stakeholders in the new Canadian Premier League Twenty20. Comment.

HENRY NETS 50

Sports: New York Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry scored his 50th MLS regular season goal in last Saturday’s game at the Philadelphia Union’s PPL Park in Chester (PA), but that was the good news; the not so good news is that the Red Bulls surrendered a 2-0 first half lead by allowing two goals to give the Union a point in the resultant 2-2 draw. Comment.

Terrier senior looks ahead

Brooklyn: The college cross country season in the metropolitan area got off when Fordham University conducted its annual invitational meet for Division I, Division II, Division III and junior college athletes in order for their coaches to see the capabalities of their athletes. There was one race broken down into scoring for each of the men and one for the women. Comment.

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014

Elkin: Serena is unbelievable

New York: Serena has done it again, and our own Robert Elkin is mighty impressed. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

Wright-Phillips, Henry lead Red Bulls

New York: Bradley Wright-Phillips and Thierry Henry are the most in-form scoring tandem in Major League Soccer this season. The pair scored 29 of the New York Red Bulls’ 37 goals in the regular season, with Wright-Phillips carrying much of the load with a league-high 21 goals, just six short of the league record for goals in a season. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

CARIB CUP CHAMPS

St Vincent: Team Jamaica won its 10th local Caribbean Cup title in the last 13 years when it defeated Team St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 2-0, on Sunday, Aug. 31, at the Jefferson High School Sports Complex in Flatlands, Brooklyn. Comment.

Search for new Windies coach

Caribbean: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has begun a global search to find a replacement for Ottis Gibson who recently ended his tenure as head coach of the regional side before his contract expired in 2016. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

Jet safety set for season

People: Jaiquawn Jarrett who made a name for himself in both high school and college is starting his fourth season in the National Football League. Listed as a safety on the New York Jets depth chart, Jarrett behind first string safety Dan Landry along with his teammates hope to enter and go deep in the playoffs. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

West Indies sweeps Bangladesh 3-0

St Kitts and Nevis: West Indies defeats Bangladesh 3-0 in the just completed One-day International series with West Indies Test captain Denesh Ramdin being named player of the series. West Indies won the first ODI by 3 wickets at the National Stadium in Grenada, then the second at the same venue by 177 runs and finally the third in St. Kitts by 91 runs. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

US Open draws neighborhood kids

Queens: Twenty-three kids from the Elm Cor Youth and Adult Center in Corona, New York, known for its basketball activities, were guests of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) five days prior to the first day of action in the main draw. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

Windies focus on youth cricket

People: Newly-appointed West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) chairman of selectors, Clive Lloyd has indicated that youth development will be his primary focus in helping revive West Indies cricket. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

GRENADA, GUYANA REACH CUP SEMIS

Jamaica: The local Caribbean Cup tournament is entering its penultimate round of competition this Sunday, Aug. 24 with the final-four field now complete. Team Grenada and Team Guyana entered the fray to battle Team St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Team Jamaica, respectively, after posting quarterfinal wins last Sunday at the Jefferson High School Sport Complex in Flatlands, Brooklyn. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Barbados Tridents are CPL champions 2014

Caribbean: After some exciting cricket in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League 2014 the Barbados Tridents captained by Kieron Pollard won the 2014 tournament by defeating the Guyana Amazon Warriors by 8 runs via Duckworth Lewis method. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

Clive Lloyd appointed West Indies chief of selectors

People: Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd has been appointed chief of cricket selection panel by the West Indies Cricket Board. Other members on the panel are former West Indies captain and fast bowler Courtney Walsh, former West Indies wicket keeper batsman Courtney Browne, former West Indies fast bowler Eldine Baptiste, head coach Ottis Gibson and the team captain as a non-voting member. Director of Cricket Richard Pybus announced that Clive Lloyd had been contacted for two years to head the panel. Clyde Butts and Robert Haynes were removed from the panel at a meeting on July 12 in Antigua by the directors of the West Indies Cricket Board. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

Offensive tackle looks to season

Bahamas: D’Brickashaw Ferguson is in his ninth seasonas a member of the New York Jets, which opens their regular National Football League schedule on the first Sunday of September. Comment.

CARIB CUP SHOWDOWN

Trinidad and Tobago: East Zone winner Team St. Vincent and the Grenadines and defending champion Team Jamaica are on a collision course on the road to the 2014 Caribbean Cup. Both former Caribbean Cup champions won their quarterfinal games last Sunday at the Jefferson High School Sports Complex in Flatlands, Brooklyn to move to the semifinal stage on Sunday, Aug. 24 and could well meet at the final juncture on Sunday, Aug. 31. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

Ormsby looks to bright future

Jamaica: Kyle Ormsby, a resident of Queens Village, New York, plays for the Ball Hoggs team in the 12 and under division of the ElmCor Summer Basketball League at the ElmCor Youth and Adult Center now in its playoff stages. Comment.

Record crowd for U.S. soccer

Sports: Soccer is fast becoming as American as apple pie! For the past three weeks Americans packed stadiums during a soccer invasion by some of the world’s great clubs. Dubbed the Guinness International Challenge Cup, the second-year tournament not only served as preseason prepping for the Europeans, but the international friendlies, played in the most storied stadiums here, served to further permeate the passion for the game among Americans. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014

Bolt adds 1st Commonwealth gold to 6 Olympic wins

Jamaica: GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — On a wet track following torrential rain, Usain Bolt gave the Commonwealth Games a display of showmanship and speed as he anchored Jamaica’s 4x100-meter relay team to gold and glory on Saturday. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 1, 2014

Trinidad’s Life Sport Program terminated

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissesar has called in the police to investigate allegations of massive corruption involving millions of dollars in the controversial Life Sport Program, which targeted young, unemployed youths to move away from a life of crime. Comment.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

RED BULLS MAKE HISTORY

Sports: The New York Red Bulls, last Saturday afternoon, reminded us again that soccer is a game of glorious uncertainties. The Red Bulls (5-6-9), lingering in fourth place in the MLS Eastern Conference after drawing nine of its 20 games, became the first MLS team to defeat an English Premier League club, when it topped English FA Cup winner Arsenal FC, 1-0. Comment.

Bailey-Cole wins Commonwealth 100 meters title

Jamaica: GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — In Usain Bolt’s absence, training partner Kemar Bailey-Cole collected the first individual gold of his career by winning the 100 meters at the Commonwealth Games on Monday. Comment.

Lespierre readies for boxing match

Queens: The time is drawing near for Mikkel Lespierre’s sixth boxing appearance as a professional fighter. It’s going to be Friday night, Aug. 1 at the Amazura Concert Hall at 91-12 144th St. in Jamaica, N.Y. Comment.

Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel on top

Caribbean: The Limacol Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 tournament took an interesting turn as Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel took the top honors by leading the points table. The T&T Red Steel has 10 points, they played six games and lost only one when they were defeated by the Guyana Amazon Warriors. The T&T Red Steel has three more games to play, the St. Lucia Zouks, Antigua Hawksbills and the Barbados Tridents. Comment.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011